Main definitions of woomera in English

: woomera1Woomera2

woomera1

noun

Australian
  • An Aboriginal stick used to throw a spear more forcibly.

    • ‘Long, long time ago, two little nephews asked their old uncle to take them out and camp on the river so that he could teach them how to make their spears and woomeras and their boomerangs.’
    • ‘The men on the left are holding shields, spears and woomeras while the man on the right has a huge wooden sword as well as a shield.’
    • ‘His sketches often portrayed the ‘natives’ fishing and throwing spears with woomeras.’
    • ‘We sell a variety of stock including T'shirts, boomerangs, spears, woomeras, didgeridoos, pottery, flower pots, cups, plates, vases, tea tree oil and stocking flowers.’
    • ‘As a result we have a lot of experience with framing these types of artwork, from woomeras and boomerangs through to clubs and spears, and even aboriginal carvings.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Dharuk wamara.

Pronunciation

woomera

/ˈwuːm(ə)rə/

Main definitions of woomera in English

: woomera1Woomera2

Woomera2

proper noun

  • A town in central South Australia, the site of a vast military testing ground used in the 1950s for nuclear tests and since the 1960s for tracking space satellites.

Pronunciation

Woomera

/ˈwuːm(ə)rə/